Doha to host ‘global conference of parliamentarians against corruption’
November 12 2019 01:31 AM
HE Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud
HE Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud addresses the meeting. PICTURES: Shemeer Rasheed

By Ayman Adly/Staff Reporter

The seventh Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption will be held in Doha from December 9-10 as a joint initiative of the Shura Council and the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (Gopac).
In this connection, HE the Speaker of the Shura Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud met with ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Qatar last evening to talk to them about the preparations for the event and its importance in view of the global efforts undertaken to combat corruption.
Invitations have already been sent to different countries to nominate delegations of parliamentary representatives, comprising up to four delegates each, to take part in the upcoming conference in Doha.
HE al-Mahmoud told the attendees that there would be further communication with them on the details of the event.
He noted that the hosting of the conference comes in conjunction with the efforts of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the field of combating corruption and establishing transparency and good governance. In this regard, the Amir has dedicated an international award in the name of His Highness in the fight against corruption.
The award will be given at a ceremony in Rwanda on December 9.
Al-Mahmoud said an agreement was signed with Gopac to host the event and all necessary preparations were under way. The organisation includes more than 1,300 parliamentarians from 106 countries with 63 branches around the world. Besides, the president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will also be present at the conference as the IPU’s 130th anniversary will be marked during the event.
He said various committees would discuss, during the two-day conference, issues pertaining to corruption and how to tackle them, in addition to papers submitted by the participating parliamentarians.
Al-Mahmoud noted that the event is a good opportunity for lawmakers from around the world to meet and exchange their experiences and views on the issue and come up with suitable suggestions and solutions.
He told the ambassadors and heads of missions that their support to the event was much appreciated and needed to guarantee its success.
Fighting corruption is of utmost importance to achieve the desired developmental goals.
During the meeting, HE the Speaker explained that Qatar’s hosting of this important international conference comes out of its belief on the need to work hard to combat the scourge of corruption in the world, as it represents a grave danger to the future of nations and their progress and the welfare of peoples as well as providing them with a decent life, the official Qatar News Agency added.

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